Pearce anxious to visit BYU

Sam Pearce from Noblesville, Indiana knows exactly which school he wants to attend and play football for. That school is BYU, and after some recent attention from the Cougar coaching staff, he hopes to earn a scholarship offer upon his visit to the school.

Sam Pearce is a 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound tight end prospect from Noblesville, Indiana. He has offers from Air Force, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. His first choice, however, is a school that he doesn't quite have an offer from, but he is hopeful that will change here very soon.

"I love BYU, and would really like to play football there and go to school," he said. "I have 10 cousins that went there, and they all loved it. Two members in my stake presidency played there, and they always talk about how much they enjoyed it, so I really want to be part of their program."

Beyond that, Pearce knows precious little about BYU firsthand. He visited the state of Utah about five years ago on a family trip, and drove around the BYU campus, but that's about it.

Recently, BYU assistant coach Lance Reynolds made a visit to his school, and talked to him about possibly joining the football program.

"He told me that if it was up to him, that they'd offer me," said Pearce. "BYU and Coach Mendenhall have a policy that they have to see someone perform live before they offer, that they offer very few prospects that they don't see live at camp."

For that reason, Pearce is making the trip out to Provo for this coming Junior Day on June 3.

"I'm very excited to go out there with my father, and hopefully perform well enough that they offer me," he said. "It will be a great opportunity for me, and if they do offer, I'll obviously commit."

Pearce plays tight end for his high school, but like many high school programs, his team doesn't use their tight end for much else other than blocking. Despite that, he caught 11 passes and was named an honorable mention all-state performer.

"I haven't had a lot of experience catching the football, but I feel that I'm a real strong blocker," he said.

There aren't many programs around that utilize their tight ends as receivers more than BYU, and Pearce is well aware of that fact.

"That's one of the things I love about BYU for sure," he said. "I haven't been able to see them play hardly at all living out here in Indiana because of their television contract, but when they're on ESPN a few times, I like to see them play. I love watching Dennis Pitta, but followed him mostly at the NFL combine and workouts, but I love what I've seen and I'd love to play like him."

Pearce has definite plans to serve a mission, which has scared off a lot of Big-10 recruiters.

"I've had a lot of schools show interest until I tell them that I'm going on a mission no matter what," he said. "Air Force is fine with me serving a mission and some of the other schools [are as well], and BYU obviously would be more than fine with it. I just hope that things turn out well for me when I go and visit there."

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